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The Shock of The New: The Register redesign update 2

One week into our redesign and more than 800 comments so far. (Also a fair few emails, tweets and a bit of Facebook feedback). Let’s acknowledge straight away that our makeover has not received universal acclaim - although we have yet to receive a death threat. It is a publishing axiom that all readers hate change - and in our …
Drew Cullen, 18 Dec 2014
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The Shock of the New: The Register redesign update 1

Site news This is going well … just letting you know that we are listening to your feedback on the redesign. And also reminding you that this design is the first major change to the site in six years. Hence the Shock of the New is that little bit shockier. However, 90 per cent of the work in this redesign comprises changes under the hood …
Drew Cullen, 12 Dec 2014
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The Register website gets a lovely makeover

Site news The Register got a fresh lick of paint today, with the front page getting its biggest overhaul in six years. The brief for our in-house team was "quick, modern and fresher" and these key threads translated into a project scoped for front page, story page and navigation. Of course we know you will love all the changes - ok so …
Drew Cullen, 11 Dec 2014

Non-techies: The cute things they say

Reader's corner Cthulhu jumping out of a printer Vociferous Time Waster recounts some conversations with non-techie colleagues he has had in the last year over at El Reg Forums. The server is down "The server is down." "Which one, we have hundreds." "I don't know, I'm not in IT." "Yet you feel qualified to conclude that one of the …
Drew Cullen, 14 Jun 2014

I need data recovery software for my laptop. What do you suggest?

Readers' corner Says Reg reader normanpritchard59 in El Reg Forums: "I use the dell latitude E6420. I need a data recovery solution for it and seem to like Rollback Rx. Acronis True image also looks ok. What do you think? Let's not talk of hardware backup right now.” I suspect that norman has worked out what he wants, but let's share this …
Drew Cullen, 31 May 2014

Tech that WE want but THEY never seem to give us

Reader's corner Where's my flying car? Says Ossi in El Reg Forums: I was just reading the story about the phone manufacturers' squeezing ever more pixels into their screens, and I was thinking about what things you want but the industry never seems to give you. Here's my list: Phones that compromise their thinness to give you more battery …
Drew Cullen, 26 May 2014
Spam

How do I escape this damned email blacklist?

Readers' corner Commentard m0rt writes in El Reg Forums: Someone who has a mailing account with one of my domains, which in turn is hosted on a mate's server, had his email password lifted from his XP laptop and subsequently that account was used to send out a near a million spam messages. Or attempted to, I caught it with 847k still to go. So …
Drew Cullen, 24 May 2014
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Speccing out a NAS-based home media rig. What do you suggest?

Readers' corner And in El Reg forums, commentard Le Adder Noir is looking for a bit of a steer on a project for a new house. He writes: I'm looking to build a NAS-based home media set-up. I live outside the UK, where TV media is, dare I say it, even worse than in Blighty, so most of our stuff is purchased online and stored on drives. Up until …
Drew Cullen, 18 May 2014

I am an IT generalist. Am I doomed to low pay forever?

Readers' corner Reg readers! Bene Pendentes wants your esteemed advice. Don't hold back, he says. I'm an IT generalist. I know a bit of everything - I can behave appropriately up to Cxx level both internally and with clients, and I'm happy to crawl under a desk to plug in network cables. I know a little bit about how nearly everything works …
Drew Cullen, 17 May 2014
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Powershell terminal sucks. Is there a better choice?

Readers' corner El Reg reader h4rm0ny wants your advice. Here goes. I've been using Bash for well over a decade. (About fifteen years?). I'm reasonable with it. I'm now teaching myself Powershell and whilst some of it I like, the default environment is terrible. I'm not talking about the language itself, but the fact that to use Powershell I …
Drew Cullen, 10 May 2014
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El Reg gets mobile makeover

Site news We are redesigning The Register's mobile site m.theregister.co.uk: please help us make it better. Try it out and post your feedback here – and don’t forget to tell us what OS/ browser you are using. Before you get started, we know there is plenty of work to do, for instance, on comments pages, but bear with us. Our devs have …
Drew Cullen, 22 Apr 2014

Wanted: a new IT service desk for up to 200 users. Nothing fancy

Readers' corner Reg commentard PaulW is looking to install a new IT service desk and is opening up to the wide audience that is The Register. He is "looking at something like Sysaid but ... suggestions would be appreciated." Just ramping up to look for a new Helpdesk/Service desk with the current employer. They have and homegrown Access based …
Drew Cullen, 05 Apr 2014
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Aargh! Bamboozled by security licensing - what works for my family?

Readers' corner And so to El Reg Forums and Edwin, a commentard since 2007, who is having a bit of trouble in choosing IT security software for his family. He writes: I'm rapidly losing my mind in the minefield that is security software, particularly when it comes to licensing many devices... The internet has become useless for this sort of …
Drew Cullen, 19 Feb 2014
The world's dirtiest PC, with vents completely blocked by dust

Rebuilding my home PC for Linux and Windows: What works best?

Readers' corner We return from our regular trawl of El Reg Forums with this nugget from Bronek Kozicki, who is rebuilding his home PC "for serious use". He wants your advice on which combo of Linux distro and virtual machine would work best. The time is slowly approaching for me to rebuild my home PC, Bronek writes. Since I've been using Linux …
Drew Cullen, 08 Feb 2014

I am migrating email for 1000 users. How do I make it bullet proof?

Readers' corner And so to Reg reader chivo243, who has penned the following question on El Reg Forums. The topic of email system migration has come up during our weekly meetings. Since I missed the fun and glory of the last migration our institution embarked upon, I have a question regarding time and planning. Little background, about 1000 …
Drew Cullen, 27 Jan 2014

Linux Voice journos hit crowdfunding target

A brief update on the crowdfunding efforts of three British journalists, who left Linux Format to launch a new magazine. They have hit their £90,000 launch target for Linux Voice, 14 days before deadline. At time of writing, Andrew Gregory, Mike Saunders and Ben Everard have received £93,000 in pledges. They have an interesting …
Drew Cullen, 10 Dec 2013
Cloud security

Wanted: A regulation friendly version of that thing that Dropbox does

Readers' corner And in our second outing to El Reg Forums this week, we highlight this request from J.Cook, who is looking for recommendation for a regulation-friendly, cloudified file-dropping service that his company's clients can use. At the company I work for, we deal with a number of vendors who like sending us large files. These are …
Drew Cullen, 01 Dec 2013

I want to play with VMs. So where do I get started?

Readers' corner Reg reader Neoc has fired up this thread on El Reg Forums: A few years ago, a local company moved and sold some of its IT equipment. I purchased their rack cabinet, all 1.9 meters of U's. First thing I built was a storage box - got a rackmountable computer case and stuffed it with 9x2TB worth of hard-drives. Still running like …
Drew Cullen, 30 Nov 2013
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Arista wants Cisco Catalyst 6500 scalp. Price on head? $35bn

This month has been a biggie for data networking launches, with Cisco uncloaking Application Centric Infrastructure - its answer to the software defined network (SDN) - along with the new Nexus 9000 switch series. (My colleague Jack Clark has penned a fine analysis of Cisco’s ACI strategy here.) Also in November, Arista Networks …
Drew Cullen, 19 Nov 2013

When three Linux journos go crowdfunding

Three journalists who worked on the UK newsstand publication Linux Format have struck out on their own and are using crowdfunding to get a new magazine off the ground. Less than a week into their Indiegogo campaign, Andrew Gregory, Mike Saunders and Ben Everard are already a third of the way to reaching the £90,000 launch budget …
Drew Cullen, 17 Nov 2013
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Issue of the day: When is the right time to drink coffee?

Readers' corner And so to El Reg Forums where Simon Rockman has fired up this foodie thread. You know that the Italians say that you shouldn't have Cappuccino after 11:00 and that it's a breakfast drink, a faux pas akin to Nadurra before the sun is over the yard arm? Turns out there is a scientific basis for this: chronopharmacology. Aaah, …
Drew Cullen, 16 Nov 2013
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Check out The Register's Google+ page

Off-site news The Register has taken a billet at Google+. You can find us at http://google.com/+theregister. Nothing spectacular – just a feed of our articles, and the very occasional cartoon share. We will monitor and sometimes reply to comments and will step up our social media community engagement ... if numbers justify. Google+ naysayers …
Drew Cullen, 15 Nov 2013

Backup for my hard drive and cloud: Is there one program to rule them all?

Readers' corner And so to El Reg Forums, where Monkeyfish has fired up the following thread: I've been looking at using Google Drive to backup photos and such, should the house burn down. I already use an external HDD for local backups, but do it manually. I'm looking for some recommendations for software that would handle backing up files to …
Drew Cullen, 09 Nov 2013

Win a free delegate pass to PHP 2013 Europe!

ZCEU OK guys, The Register is a media sponsor of PHP 2013 Europe and Zendcon, the show organiser, has offered us one free delegate pass to give away. (The winner is responsible for own arrangements.) The conference is in Paris, 18-20 November and you can get more details here. We will pick the winner at random via our first Twitter …
Drew Cullen, 07 Nov 2013

Cray scoops Brit switch maker staff and assets from administrator

Cray, the supercomputer maker, has bought intellectual property assets from the collapsed UK switch maker Gnodal and is taking on "the vast majority of staff" to bulk up its European R&D team. Bristol-based Gnodal, a small start-up with just 15 employees, was venture-backed so we infer that it failed to get a new funding round …
Drew Cullen, 04 Nov 2013
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Issue of the day: Do dishwashers really blunt knives?

Readers' corner hand in chain mail glove cutting meat with sharp knife The sharpest tool in the box? An apposite opportunity for commentards to dust down the Where’s the IT icon for this post, courtesy of Simon Rockman, who sometimes writes for The Register He starts his forum thread thus: I'm told I should not put sharp knives in the …
Drew Cullen, 31 Oct 2013
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El Reg intros post editing for all

Readers' corner As some of you have already noticed, we opened up post-editing for all yesterday (once five of your comments have been accepted for publication). This gives you a 10-minute edit window to clean up your typos, a feature previously available to gold and silver badge members only. Post-edit is the feature second most requested by …
Drew Cullen, 30 Oct 2013
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GOV.UK swells organ donor signups by 10,000 a month

This month, GOV.UK is one-year-old. Operated by the Government Digital Service, GOV.UK replaced Direct.gov and a bunch of disparate departmental sites. Anyone who uses the site can testify that it is cleaner than its predecessors, although we have had complaints that some functionality has been lost in the transition. But in the …
Drew Cullen, 29 Oct 2013
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Coding 'cockwomble' answers exceptionally dull critics on El Reg forums

Readers' corner A couple of days ago, we alerted Reg readers to a provocative article attacking the UK Government's proposed ICT curriculum. The Daily Telegraph blogger Willard Foxton took a couple of swipes at crap ICT teachers and those"exceptionally dull weirdos', otherwise known as coders. Readers responded in droves on our El Reg Forums …
Drew Cullen, 27 Oct 2013
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A steampunk VDU: How would it work and what would it look like?

Readers' corner Boy in steampunk fancy dress, with hat, mechanical monocle, waxed moustache, cravat and Bavarian-type jacket A steampunk VDU? Yes, I can do that Many Reg readers are fans of steampunk Sci-Fi, and so we hope you relish this little challenge posed on El Reg Forums by John Smith 19, a gold badge commentard. If you know Charles …
Drew Cullen, 26 Oct 2013
Photographic plate image of the colliding galaxies NGC 6769, 6770, and 6771.

Space, digitisation and storage. Astronomy Legacy Project has it all

Photographic plate image of the colliding galaxies NGC 6769, 6770, and 6771. Photographic plate image of the colliding galaxies NGC 6769, 6770, and 6771. These galaxies are located 190 million light years away. The photograph was taken September 21, 1954 using the 74-inch telescope at Radcliffe Observatory. Nestled in a 200 …
Drew Cullen, 26 Oct 2013
Dunce

Coding: 'Suitable for exceptionally dull weirdos'

Readers' corner Teaching all children to code software is daft and pointless to The Telegraph blogger Willard Foxton. In an article attacking the UK government’s plans to update the ICT curriculum, the “investigative journalist and television producer", writes: The new rules expect five to seven year-olds to understand the definition of an …
Drew Cullen, 25 Oct 2013

Programmers! How to spot a coder's comment

Readers' corner In our latest raid on El Reg Forums, we turn to 'Parax' (a developer, we guess), who writes: So you can spot a T-SQL coder's comments because he uses 'single' instead of "double" quotes. A TCL Programmer uses {Braces} instead of (Brackets). I'm wondering how many other good tells for other languages are out there? There are …
Drew Cullen, 24 Oct 2013
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Programmers! Have you been asked to solve a computationally intractable task?

Readers' corner And so to El Reg forums, where Julian Bradfield, an academic, writes: In a vigorous discussion about revising courses in a computer science degree, one of my colleagues opined that "every decent programmer is sometime going to come across a task that is NP-hard, so they need to know to tackle NP-hard problems". I'm curious as …
Drew Cullen, 23 Oct 2013

ECHR rejects free speech plea over offensive online comments

In the US it is different, but in the European Union, free speech is no defence for a publication when readers make defamatory comments on its website. Setting this in stone, the European Court of Human Rights yesterday rejected a plea from a leading Estonian news website contesting on human rights grounds a fine for offensive …
Drew Cullen, 11 Oct 2013

El Reg introduces inline comment voting

Readers' corner From today, Reg readers can up- or down vote posts by their fellow commentards - and stay on the same page. But do note: you must log-in first for this to work. Formerly, voters were sent to another page when voting and then had to click a link to return to the article or forum thread. Yes, this was old-fashioned, bad UI and …
Drew Cullen, 10 Oct 2013

Wanted: New software dev platform. Where do I turn to?

Readers' corner Over to Reg Forums where commentard MJI writes: OK, currently our software is a WIN32 application with a client server ISAM database, but how much longer will we be able to sell WIN32 systems when everything else is coming along. All are part of the XBASE family. So where do we go? We will need to be able to go SQL despite it …
Drew Cullen, 10 Oct 2013
The PC's interior, caked in dust

These old PCs want some VDI loving. But what about the server?

Readers' corner A request from The Register Forums where David Dawson writes: This is a question for a potential project I'm about to embark on. There's a charity that I have some association with, they've got around 30 windows desktops that are fast approaching the end of their working life. They have to use windows for various reasons, but …
Drew Cullen, 20 Jul 2013
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CIOs bombarded with hybrid cloud surveys

Two surveys published in recent days that major on CIOs and their attitude to hybrid cloud show the scramble among IT vendors to win enterprise hearts and minds. A survey of 52 US CIOs conducted for SAP reveals strong support for the notion that hybrid cloud – combining cloud and on-premise applications – reduce complexity and …
Drew Cullen, 16 Jul 2013
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VMware waves goodbye to Zimbra

VMware has offloaded Zimbra less than four years after buying the email-cum-collabware business unit from Yahoo! Terms are undisclosed. The buyer is Telligent, a developer of enterprise social software. It will merge its software into Zimbra, and the goal is to deliver a "unified social collaboration suite designed for the post- …
Drew Cullen, 15 Jul 2013
DVD it in many colours

Moving on from Drobo. Optical archiving looks good to me, but ...

A call for help from Reg forums, where Ioan explains: I have a Drobo with quite some hard drives in it and, as time passes by, I feel more and more pressed to archive on different types of storage than magneto-resistive. I found in this section a very interesting post about a Sony optical archival device. Now, where can I buy …
Drew Cullen, 07 Jul 2013

Sage stakes ERP cloud on Azure platform

Sage is piggybacking Microsoft Azure to launch a cloud version of Sage 200. The UK software vendor is hosting the latest iteration of the enterprise resource planning (ERP) suite, properly called Sage 200 v2013, in data centres in Dublin and Amsterdam. Customers will pay an unspecified monthly subscription fee for the software …
Drew Cullen, 01 Jul 2013
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Salesforce and Oracle bury hatchet in historic cloud partnership

Salesforce.com and Oracle are to integrate their clouds at application, platform and infrastructure levels, the companies announced today. Salesforce is standardising on Oracle Linux, Exadata hardware, the Oracle Database and Java Middleware. Oracle will integrate Salesforce.com with Oracle's Fusion HCM and Financial Cloud. And …
Drew Cullen, 25 Jun 2013
The NSA Unchained

Cuba bound? Edward Snowden leaves Hong Kong

Updated Edward Snowden, the NSA PRISM whistleblower, left Hong Kong for Moscow today, sidestepping US attempts to extradite him for espionage. According to reports, he has already left Russia for Cuba. In a statement issued on June 23, The Hong Kong Government confirmed that Snowden had left the country on "his own accord for a third …
Drew Cullen, 23 Jun 2013
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My Moto RAZR V3 wants a firmware hack. Any documentation?

A request from Reg forums, where dogged, a silver badge commentard, asks: I've decided to do something about my old Motorola RAZR V3xx. I love this thing. The form factor is perfect. It's pocket size, it's damage resistant, it's HSDPA, it's easy to use, it never drops calls, it gets four days usage from its tiny battery without …
Drew Cullen, 22 Jun 2013
BT Wormshill Telephone exchange

Is this possibly the worst broadband in the world?

Four kilometres to the north of here, in semi-rural Kent, the pavements are stuffed with fibre-optic cable and the streets are lined with drab green cabinets, all nicely tooled up for superfast broadband. But here, we rely on plain old ADSL piped in from a small BT exchange, 1.7km to our south (as the crow flies). You can see it …
Drew Cullen, 11 Jan 2013
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Switching to IT: Which qualifications are worthwhile?

From time to time we dip into El Reg Forums to highlight questions raised by our commentards. Today we republish this post from Thomas 4, who writes: I'm considering a change of career from my current medicinal line of work and stepping into the great grand world of IT. My current plan is starting in helpdesk work and moving up …
Drew Cullen, 08 Jan 2013
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Windows 8: Great for media PCs...

From time to time, we dip into El Reg Forums to highlight questions raised and experiences recounted by our commentards. Today we republish this post from Steve Knox, who writes: My media center PC at home was a discarded work PC with Windows Vista Business on it. It was slow and flaky, as Vista can be, but since an upgrade to …
Drew Cullen, 03 Dec 2012
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El Reg debuts badges for commentards

Site News Today we introduce badges for commentards. This feature will be rolling out over the next few hours. We kick off with three badges: bronze, silver and gold, which will appear alongside all non-anonymised comments made by those who qualify. The Register currently publishes almost 40,000 comments a month, and forum posts account …
Drew Cullen, 27 Nov 2012
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Sock-wielding movie pirates go to prison

Two members of a movie piracy gang were sent to prison yesterday in Virginia. Willie Lambert, 57, of Pittston PA, was sent down for 30 months and ordered to pay $450,000 in restitution, along with other co-defendants. Sean Lovelady, 28, of Pomona, CA, was sentenced to 23 months and must pay $7,500 in restitution. Two more …
Drew Cullen, 03 Nov 2012